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22 Stories We Can’t Believe BuzzFeed Hasn’t Written Yet
Let me first be clear that BuzzFeed has done some very insightful, interesting interviews. And just look at their news section — they do news. But then there’s the other thing. The “19 Reasons Raisins Should Be Put in Jail” and “Is This a Disney Movie?” I understand, of course. Post what people will click on. We all do it. It’s what I’m doing right now. But lately it looks like we’ve run out of things to remember.
It’s funny because you aren’t that different from them
Ahahahahahaa this is some pot calling the kettle black stuff over here cracked.
A few people have mentioned this in the comments of my column up today, and I’ve chosen not to address them because of professionalism or some such reason, but I’m going to address it here.
I don’t write a lot of the actual articles on Cracked. I pop in for a column every now and then, but mostly I work for the video department. But I am aware of the work that goes into the articles every single day, and I just want to say how insulting it is to see people compare these two things. Look at almost any Buzzfeed article and you’ll see two things: a single sentence followed by a picture or GIF. That’s it. And, yes, they’re about things like 19 Reasons Raisins Should Be Put in Jail.Picture, sentence, picture, sentence, and half the time a lot of the entries have nothing to do with anything and are just filler. Filler within a filler article.
Look at any Cracked feature article and you’ll notice an amazing thing: Paragraphs! Paragraphs followed by more paragraphs, with deeply sourced information and time and patience and thought. Our articles take weeks and months to put together. A pitch will spend months in the workshop being revised, getting new sources, adding entries, removing entries, until the article meets our editors’ standards and is exactly right. There is a quality Cracked has that can only be achieved by time, hard work, and care. And I’m sure the fine people at Buzzfeed are very nice and just as proud of their own work, but it’s so clear to me that there are glaring differences in quality, content, and generally giving a shit. Fun game, guess the website: 5 Bizarre Ways The Human Brain is Dooming the Economy, and In Appreciation of Mozzarella Sticks.
Just because there are numbers in the titles of our articles, doesn’t mean Cracked is anything like Buzzfeed. And if you really don’t see the difference, then I guess you’re kind of simple and maybe I shouldn’t bother to care about your opinion anyway. Thanks for reading. Now here’s me using jokes to be mean to a website.